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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pitch F/X Summit

Not sure how this has slipped past us.  It has a terrific webcast and solid agenda.

Alan Nathan and Greg Rybarczyk to name some names.

This presentation just went:
1:45 - 2:15 pm PITCHf/x as a Scouting Tool                   Hillary Suparak (Masters thesis at Emory Univ, I think she said).

It’s break time now, but coming up will be defensive analyses.

Foghorn Leghorn Posted: August 27, 2011 at 09:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, media, online, sabermetrics

Zrebiec: Yankees in bad mood after loss, reschedulings

I’m not taking any sides here, but I can at last provide reasoning for the Orioles’ reluctance to play a doubleheader today.

One, the Orioles were coming off an 11-day, and 10-game road trip, and they clearly didn’t want to arrive at the ballpark early today for a doubleheader after the long trip.

Two, it’s obviously been an emotional and taxing time for the organization with the death of Mike Flanagan, and I’m not sure they were too prepared or eager to spend 3/4 of the day at the ballpark. ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 09:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, orioles, yankees

Jim Leyland clarifies comments on Justin Verlander for MVP

What’s he smoking??

Tigers manager Jim Leyland made some waves earlier this week when he said that pitchers shouldn’t win the MVP award. This was a very bold statement considering that one of his own starters, Justin Verlander, is quickly gaining momentum for MVP consideration in the American League.

Despite his opinion on the topic, Leyland told Chris Iott of MLive.com earlier today that he would support Verlander for MVP under the current system.

“I will support Justin Verlander for the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, tigers

Curt Schilling: Theo Epstein to Cubs ‘wouldn’t surprise me’

And others gems from the somewhat advanced squad leader.

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Sports Saturday to talk baseball in advance of the Red Sox’ doubleheader with the A’s.

The Cubs have an opening at general manager, and there has been speculation that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein could have interest. Schilling said it’s a definite possibility.

“That wouldn’t surprise me. It really wouldn’t surprise me,” he said. “I think the challenge, though, is that Red Sox ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 08:51 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox, sabermetrics

Almonte can’t steal Oceanside’s spirit

All the hype in 2001 was about Almonte, but 10 years later, Almonte’s baseball days are over. Meanwhile, two Oceanside players—the two smallest—are in the minor leagues.

Matthew Cerda, Oceanside’s 4-foot-10 catcher, grew almost a foot and became one of the best hitters to come out of Oceanside High School. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Chicago Cubs in 2008, and he’s now an infielder for Class A Daytona in the Florida State League, hitting .282.

Bobby Shore, who was limited to ...

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Gamingboy Posted: August 27, 2011 at 03:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur

Dioner Navarro’s work ethic was factor in decision to let him go

Barbarians! This is the worst Hollywood ending since Ramón Novarro!

Turns out Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly wasn’t kidding when he talked about the kind of effort he expected from his players.

The rookie manager said Friday that the “philosophical differences” he had with the departed Dioner Navarro concerned the catcher’s work ethic — or lack thereof. Navarro, who was on a one-year, $1-million contract, was designated for assignment Tuesday.

“I believe in work, very simple,” Mattingly ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 02:52 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Goold: Don’t retire 51 — do something better

There’s a “Willie McGee has been ignored long enough” movement going on? I’m somewhat reminded of that nutty “The Merton Parkas and The Rock & Roll HOF…Dandy Together!!” deal from a few years ago.

This evening the St. Louis Cardinals will welcome back Willie McGee for his bobblehead night at Busch Stadium. McGee, famously shy and wonderfully talented, is being brought back to Busch by teammate Vince Coleman, and inevitably today there will be the usual grassroots outcry for the Cardinals to ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 01:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, memorabilia

Brandon Belt - the ‘Baby Giraffe’

Duane Kuiper remembers the moment he first called Brandon Belt the Baby Giraffe.

“First flyball in the outfield in Milwaukee,” Kuiper said. “He looked like he just fell out of the mama giraffe.”

Now, it’s become a thing. The nickname has caught on. A fan in the stands Wednesday night actually wore a giraffe hat. On Thursday, Belt’s fan mail included an ivy and moss giraffe topiary created by a Marin County florist. Belt is rolling with it. It’s nothing new.

“I’ve always had animal ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 01:28 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, memorabilia, special topics

After latest washout, Burnett likely bound for Yankees’ bullpen

8 or so pitches into random Burnett start…

Flaherty: (dronishly) “Early on, Michael, it looks like A.J. has his good stuff.”
Michael the K: (parmingly) “HE HAS ELECTRIC STUF...great stop by Martin on a ball in the dirt!”

As much as the Yankees’ brass was hoping their large investment could bounce back last night against the woeful Orioles at Camden Yards, even the decision makers have to agree with a talent evaluator who witnessed Burnett’s second straight brutal outing.

“There is nothing ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting, yankees

Nightengale: Hall of Famer Joe Morgan tries his hand at sports talk radio

Re-fire Joe Morgan: Where Bad Sports Radio Journalism Comes To Die.

“I don’t see myself as a Larry King or somebody,” Morgan says. “When you do interviews, sometimes it turns to interrogations. I’m more of a conversationalist, not throwing hardball questions.

“I just wanted to do something different. I’m one of the fans, and I’m a person that interacts with some of the greatest sportsmen of our time.”

Morgan hopes to interview legends from all sports, including Basketball Hall of Famers Bill ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 11:57 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, sabermetrics

Grizzlies P Marc Kroon may retire after 21 years

Buh-buh-buh-booooo! End of the line for the Krooner?

Grizzlies manager Steve Decker, who played against Kroon in 1997, scoffs at the 38-year-old right-hander’s decision to quit.

“I’ll bet you money he doesn’t retire,” said Decker, poking a finger toward Kroon in the clubhouse before Friday’s game against Sacramento. “It will be his wife’s call.”

Kroon fired back, “I ain’t coming back,” then later added: “It would have to be a situation where I’d be in the big leagues. The last seven years, I ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 11:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, japan

Vin Scully will return for 2012 season

The greatest sports broadcaster ever, back for at least one more season.

Almost coincidentally, before the game Scully had stopped by a table in the press room to visit with a few reporters, which he does almost nightly. Naturally, he told several amusing stories, spent nearly 10 minutes chatting with the local scribes.

“If I do come back next year, this will be a big reason why,” Scully said. “I love these visits.”

Maybe we should have had an inkling of what was to come when he started to ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 04:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, dodgers, media, television

N.Y. Times: Conviction of Bonds on Obstruction Charge Is Upheld by Judge

United States District Court Judge Susan Illston, who presided over Bonds’s trial that ended in April, ruled after hearing arguments from prosecutors and Bonds’s lawyers on Thursday regarding the charge. ...

Bonds’s lawyers had argued that Bonds was improperly convicted for obstructing justice when he rambled for 75 seconds during his grand jury testimony, which was related to a federal investigation of performance-enhancing drug use among elite athletes. He also gave an evasive but not ...

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bobm Posted: August 27, 2011 at 04:19 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, steroids

MLB.com: Haren and Co. roughed up by Rangers

Something about the Angels brought out the beast in the slumbering Rangers on Friday night.

Nelson Cruz and David Murphy took care of the heavy lifting, and Rangers southpaw Derek Holland outshone Dan Haren in an 11-7 setback that kicked off the weekend’s American League West showdown in front of 38,256 at Rangers Ballpark.

Cruz homered twice, doubled and singled, driving in six runs. Murphy knocked home four with one swing, launching his second career grand slam to end Haren’s night during a ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 03:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

Yahoo: A’s top Red Sox 15-5, deny Wakefield his 200th win

Scott Sizemore and Josh Willingham each hit two-run homers during a six-run fourth inning that carried the Oakland Athletics to a 15-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday, denying Tim Wakefield’s bid for his 200th win.
...
Jemile Weeks and Cliff Pennington each had three hits, and Willingham drove in four runs for the Athletics, who won for the seventh time in nine road games after losing 30 of their previous 37 away from home.

To the important stuff:
OF Darnell McDonald - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 03:21 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, game recaps, red sox

ESPN: Jim Thome returns in Indians’ win vs. Royals

Jim Thome went hitless but was warmly welcomed in his Cleveland homecoming after nearly a decade away and the Indians stopped their slide in the AL Central with a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Thome went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in his first game back with Cleveland since 2002, when he disappointed Cleveland fans by leaving as a free agent. The slugger waived a no-trade clause to return to Cleveland and a chance to help the Indians get back to the postseason. A ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 03:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, indians, royals

Yahoo: Capuano pitches 2-hitter, Mets beat Braves 6-0

Chris Capuano pitched the game of his life, tossing a two-hitter and striking out a career-high 13 as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 Friday night in their final matchup before taking a break because of Hurricane Irene.
...
Capuano (10-11) slowed down the NL wild-card leaders and handed them their second loss in nine games. He had Atlanta hitters taking terrible swings all game, didn’t walk any of them and faced just one batter over the minimum.

Capuano threw 122 pitches in the ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 02:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, game recaps, mets

2011 NCAA College Football Rankings - Preseason

College football open thread, anyone?

Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: August 27, 2011 at 12:56 AM | 7210 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics

Friday, August 26, 2011

NYT:  Judge Still Weighing Conviction on Obstruction in Bonds Case

Dennis Riordan, a lawyer for Bonds, argued that Bonds was improperly convicted of obstructing justice when he simply rambled for 75 seconds and gave an evasive but not false statement to a question he eventually answered.

Prosecutors, who still have not decided whether to retry Bonds on the three deadlocked counts, argued that the conviction should stand. They said the jurors voted to convict him based on the entire evidence put forth at the trial.

Sounds almost as if the Prosecutors are ...

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Srul Itza Posted: August 26, 2011 at 11:13 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Barra: Jorge Posada: Sentimental Favorite, But That’s About It

I believe it was James Baldwinshares that wrote…“Sentimentality,  is the mark of dishonesty, the inability to feel…the catcher’s mask of cruelty”

What are the Yankees going to do about Jorge Posada? This is a question that concerns me because I love Jorge, and I would love to see him close out his career in the Bronx.

But I’m baffled at the idea that people think that somehow this is a tough baseball decision. It isn’t, it’s a question of sentiment.

Let’s keep the argument simple: Jorge just ...

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Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 11:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, yankees

ESPN: Keown: Where the ‘elite’ kids shouldn’t meet

The days of simply playing ball with your friends is over. It’s a different world out there for the preteen athlete, with “Elite” and “Select” commonly turning up in the names of our youth sports teams and leagues. We’re having tryouts for 10-and-under traveling baseball teams, and we’ve got 10-and-under basketball teams traveling the country playing against other fourth-graders at God knows what cost to the parents’ bank accounts and the kids’ psyches. All in the name of … what? Trophies? ...

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Jim Wisinski Posted: August 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur

SI.com: MLB Players Poll: Most Popular Manager

Slideshow lists the top 15 managers named in a poll of 291 players. 

AL domination in the top seven.

Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 26, 2011 at 10:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Bill James Explains New ‘Temperature Gauge’ Statistic to Determine How Hot or Cold a Hitter Is

The center of Boston, Mass coordinates.

Bill James has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to baseball statistics. In short, he’s made a life out of breaking down numbers and how they affect the game of baseball. Now, he’s back at it.

James recently explained to NESN’s Tom Caron his newest statistic, temperature gauge. The statistic, which starts at room temperature—72 degrees—goes up or down depending on what a hitter does at the plate over a period of time. For example, if a ...

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Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 09:27 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

The Hurricane Irene Thread

There was the Swine Flu thread, so why not the Hurricane thread. Isn’t that right, New York Mets and the rest of the Northeast teams?

The New York Mets say they have postponed Saturday and Sunday’s games against the Atlanta Braves because of Hurricane Irene.

Both games will be rescheduled as a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 8 beginning at 4:10 p.m.

Major League Baseball already had moved Sunday’s games at Philadelphia and Boston to Saturday to make them part of day-night ...

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Gamingboy Posted: August 26, 2011 at 08:49 PM | 912 comment(s)
  Beats: community, special topics

Select Your Own Journey – You Be The Manager!

In a surprise move, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has unexpectedly retired and the club has hired YOU as the manager. After the thrill of being named manager of your favorite team has subsided you quickly get to the manager’s office to begin the first day on your arduous journey to turn this franchise around.

You walk into the office and see an antiquated-looking computer sitting on the desk in the corner. You approach it and are surprised to see it is still left on. It reads:

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Zach Posted: August 26, 2011 at 08:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, royals

Drew Butera is chasing the wrong kind of history

Because Twins fans here demanded it!

Here are all of the players since 1961 to hit .160 or worse in at least 200 plate appearances:

1. Roy Oyler: .135 in 247 PA (1968 Tigers)
2. Brandon Wood: .146 in 243 PA (2010 Angels)
3. Bob Uecker: .150 in 221 PA (1967 Phillies & Braves)
4. Jim Mason: .152 in 251 PA (1975 Yankees)
5. Al Weis: .155 in 213 PA (1966 White Sox)
6. Nate Colbert: .156 in 260 PA (1975 Tigers & Expos)
7. Dick Tracewski: .156 in 240 PA (1968 Tigers)
8. Andruw Jones: .158 in 238 PA ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history, twins, white sox

Grasshoppers get milestone victory ... in 19 innings

How did you spend your Thursday night? Or the wee small hours of Friday morning?

The Greensboro Grasshoppers played a 19-inning, 5-hours-and-9-minutes marathon against the West Virginia Power. On the final Thirsty Thursday of the season at NewBridge Bank Park, the beer taps were shut off for the last 11 innings.

The game ended after midnight when Christian Yelich—who sent it to extra innings with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth—lifted the Hoppers to a 5-4 victory by hitting an ...

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 26, 2011 at 03:46 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, minor leagues, pirates

Rice Tight End signs with Blue Jays

Willson, a power-hitting, left-handed hitter, will report to Toronto’s minor-league complex in Dunedin, Fla., at the end of the spring semester. Willson can play either first base or the corner outfield spots.

As part of his deal, Willson received a signing bonus that will be spread over three years, which allows him the flexibility to pursue a football career after college, if he chooses.

The baseball contract will not affect Willson’s remaining two years’ football eligibility.

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Paul D(uda) Posted: August 26, 2011 at 02:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, college

Sansevere: Michael Cuddyer is the anti-Mauer

Born in Minnesota, owner of batting titles and an MVP award, Mauer could become the most popular athlete ever to play a sport in Minnesota. But that won’t happen if the perception continues to build that he’s soft. It might not be the case. Mauer just might be as tough as Cuddyer. But whether he wants to acknowledge it or not, titanium tough is not how he is viewed.

Mauer has missed 60 of the Twins’ 130 games this season with injuries or days off - mostly injuries. The perception is he takes ...

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Cris E Posted: August 26, 2011 at 01:49 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Joe Posnanski: The Myth of Pressure

This line — that it’s easier to put up numbers without pennant pressure — is a lot like that. Nobody can possibly believe this. First of all, there’s the obvious flaw: If it was easier to put up numbers in non-pressure situations, then players would consistently and obviously have better years on lousy teams than they do on good ones. Does this ring even the slightest bell of truth? Does anyone believe Derek Jeter would have put up better numbers had he played for Kansas City? Does ...

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Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, projections, sabermetrics

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